I haven't posted in a very long time, so when I started hearing "when are you going to blog again?" and "I see you haven't posted lately" and "did you give up your blog?" -- I knew it was time to get back to it! I haven't been sick or away from home... I just went through a phase where for some reason I just didn't wanna update my blog... has that happened to anybody else?? (Please say yes!) I was shocked when I saw it was two weeks this time! Anyway, I'm right proud to be back with ya :o)
At my bee meeting on Saturday we surprised one of our members, Charlene, by making her Queen Bee! Char is always willing to share, she's a great teacher and so generous with her time, so we wanted to do something nice for her. She also teaches one day a week at a local senior center.
|The queen's throne|
It was so funny... we were ready to roll by 1 pm but where was our honoree?? We finally saw her and her best friend Shirley Royal pull into the parking lot just before 2 o'clock, then we saw her go back to the car for something... we were cracking up! Yetunde went out to speed them up a bit, and finally they walked through the door -- Charlene with her sewing stuff and a dish for lunch! When we yelled Surprise, Char didn't know what was going on or who was being surprised. It was a Kodak moment!
After the official proclamation and Charlene was crowned, everybody buzzzzzzzed as she was seated on her throne. Felicia did a hilarious rendition of "She's Our Queen" from the Eddie Murphy movie Coming to America, then Charlene was presented with gifts and each member presented her with a yellow rose and a card.
It was a really nice banquet, there was so much food... cabbage, ribs, chicken wings, rotisserie chicken, deviled eggs, collards, green beans, chicken salad, two kinds of brocolli salad, a rice dish, chili, two pasta dishes, butternut squash, beets, fish, fresh cut fruit, apple pie, two cakes, home made cookies... whew! did I miss anything??
Our official cake maker and vice president Carolyn Burgess made two cakes - a beehive and a bee - they were too cute!
Here Miss Queen prepares to cut the beehive cake
Charlene was "roasted" by several people while we ate; Carolyn showed the jelly roll quilt she made in a bee session where Charlene taught us the jelly roll race.
Carolyn used Christmas fabrics that turned out really well!
Unfortunately, my camera's batteries died before it was over, so I didn't get as many pictures as I wanted to. Among the gifts she received were beehive-shaped signature blocks from bee members in black and yellow/gold. I didn't get a shot of all the blocks, but this is the one I did...
You can read more about the bee and see more pictures on Felicia's and Charlene's blogs - The Slow Quilter and Quilting with CharBee.
Until later, sew forth and sew on